US senators turn up pressure on inspector numbers
WASHINGTON — More than a dozen U.S. senators, including North Dakota Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven, are pushing to put more federal railroad inspectors in the field.
Boosting inspector numbers — which haven’t grown in the Bakken region even as oil production and crude-by-rail traffic has boomed — has become a top priority for federal officials and lawmakers after a year marked by several high profile crude oil accidents on railroads.
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